Geology - B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Geology
221 McGilvrey Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2680
geology@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/geology


Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Geology is designed for those interested in a professional career in the field. Students must complete 51 credit hours of geology courses focusing on minerals, rocks, landforms, fossils, structural geology, geochemistry and field mapping, among others. Supplemental courses include introductory chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics. Students also select several upper-division geology electives that allow specialization in a variety of applied or theoretical areas of the science. The program features a 6-credit hour capstone summer field course in the Black Hills, South Dakota.

Within the Bachelor of Science, the Environmental Geology Concentration provides students with specialized training for careers in the well-established and growing field of environmental geology. Students must complete 51-52 credit hours of geology courses focusing on minerals, rocks, fossils, structural geology, geochemistry and field mapping. Students choose upper-division electives from a menu of courses focusing on hydrology, hydrogeology, engineering geology and environmental monitoring techniques. The program features a 6-credit hour capstone summer field course in Black Hills, South Dakota.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand and communicate to others: a. the nature of scientific investigation and evidence, b. the complex interrelationships of the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and the lithosphere through geologic time.
  2. Understand Earth materials and interpret geologic and environmental processes.
  3. Synthesize geologic information to understand and solve geologic and environmental problems.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills and be able to work as a geologist in the field and in the laboratory.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 10002LIFE ON PLANET EARTH (KBS) 3-4
or BSCI 10110 BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB)
CHEM 10060GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 11040HOW THE EARTH WORKS (KBS) 3
GEOL 11041HOW THE EARTH WORKS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 11042EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME (KBS) 3
GEOL 11043EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 22000INTRODUCTORY GEOLOGY SEMINAR (ELR) 1
GEOL 23063EARTH MATERIALS I 4
GEOL 31070EARTH MATERIALS II 4
GEOL 31080STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY 4
GEOL 34061INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY (WIC) 14
GEOL 41092SUMMER FIELD CAMP (ELR) 6
GEOL 44070SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY 4
GEOL 42035SCIENTIFIC METHODS IN GEOLOGY 3
or MATH 30011 BASIC PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
MATH 12002ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
PHY 13001GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13021GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below)8
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)13-14
Concentration
Choose from the following:20-21
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Foreign Language College Requirement

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 8 credit hours of foreign language.1

  • Minimum Elementary I and II of the same language
1

 All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond the Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP),  the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional Information) . When students complete the requirement with fewer than 8 credit hours and two courses, they will complete the remaining hours with general electives.

Additional Requirements for Students Not Declaring a Concentration

[AS-BS-GEOL]

Additional major requirements for students not declared in the Environmental Geology concentration

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Geology Upper-Division Courses (GEOL 30000 or 40000 level) 115
Choose from the following: 25
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS)
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB)
GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS)
and GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB)
Minimum Total Credit Hours:20
1

The following courses may not satisfy requirements: GEOL 41073, GEOL 41077 and GEOL 41079.

2

Both General Chemistry II and Lab and General College Physics II and Lab are recommended for students intending to pursue Geology in graduate school.

Environmental Geology Concentration Requirements

[AS-BS-GEOL-EGEO]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
CHEM 10061GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10063GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 32066GEOMORPHOLOGY 4
Choose from the following:3
HYDROGEOCHEMISTRY
PRINCIPLES OF GEOCHEMISTRY
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY
Environmental Geology Concentration Electives, choose from the following:9-10
REMOTE SENSING
WATERSHED HYDROLOGY
INTRODUCTORY HYDROGEOLOGY
CONTAMINANT HYDROLOGY AND HYDROGEOLOGY
HYDROGEOCHEMISTRY
ENVIRONMENTAL CORE AND WELL LOGGING
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY
PRINCIPLES OF GEOCHEMISTRY
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY
ENVIRONMENTAL ISOTOPES
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21

Roadmaps

Geology Major (no Concentration)

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
GEOL 11040 HOW THE EARTH WORKS (KBS) 3
GEOL 11041 HOW THE EARTH WORKS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
BSCI 10002
LIFE ON PLANET EARTH (KBS)
or BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB)
3
GEOL 11042 EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME (KBS) 3
GEOL 11043 EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Three
CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 22000 INTRODUCTORY GEOLOGY SEMINAR (ELR) 1
GEOL 23063 EARTH MATERIALS I 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
GEOL 31070 EARTH MATERIALS II 4
GEOL 31080 STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY 4
PHY 13001 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13021 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
 Credit Hours13
Semester Five
GEOL 34061 INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY (WIC) 4
GEOL 42035
SCIENTIFIC METHODS IN GEOLOGY
or BASIC PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
3
MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Choose from the following: 5
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS)
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB)
 
GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS)
and GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB)
 
Geology Upper-Division Courses (GEOL 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours15
Third Summer Term
GEOL 41092 SUMMER FIELD CAMP (ELR) 6
 Credit Hours6
Semester Seven
Geology Upper-Division Courses (GEOL 30000 or 40000 level) 6
General Electives 8
 Credit Hours14
Semester Eight
GEOL 44070 SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY 4
Geology Upper-Division Courses (GEOL 30000 or 40000 level) 6
General Electives 2
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Environmental Geology Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
GEOL 11040 HOW THE EARTH WORKS (KBS) 3
GEOL 11041 HOW THE EARTH WORKS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
BSCI 10002
LIFE ON PLANET EARTH (KBS)
or BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB)
3-4
GEOL 11042 EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME (KBS) 3
GEOL 11043 EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Three
CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 22000 INTRODUCTORY GEOLOGY SEMINAR (ELR) 1
GEOL 23063 EARTH MATERIALS I 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
CHEM 10061 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10063 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 31070 EARTH MATERIALS II 4
MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
 Credit Hours14
Semester Five
GEOL 32066 GEOMORPHOLOGY 4
GEOL 34061 INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY (WIC) 4
GEOL 42035
SCIENTIFIC METHODS IN GEOLOGY
or BASIC PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Six
GEOL 31080 STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY 4
Choose from the following: 3
HYDROGEOCHEMISTRY  
PRINCIPLES OF GEOCHEMISTRY  
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY  
PHY 13001 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13021 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Summer Term
GEOL 41092 SUMMER FIELD CAMP (ELR) 6
 Credit Hours6
Semester Seven
Environmental Geology Concentration Electives 6
General Electives 7
 Credit Hours13
Semester Eight
GEOL 44070 SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY 4
Environmental Geology Concentration Electives 3-4
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120